"The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary." (O Virgin, by whose blessing all nature is blessed! St. Anselm)
All things rejoice today, for creation has been restored to life through the womb of the Immaculately Conceived Virgin Mary. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
At the start of the 19th century, this development led to a petition drive for a dogmatic definition of the privilege of the Immaculate Conception.
|Fr John Paul Shea|
Why would our Lord, the eternal splender of the High God, not choose to come into this world through a holy tabernacle? How could our Lord not choose to live and grow in what is not pure?
Through these words of the angel we hear a profound “joy.” It is a new joy, a joy that breaks through the sadness of the ancient world that has been dominated by sin -- sin initiated through the cooperative disobedience of the first woman, Eve; a sin cooperatively redeemed by the Sinless Virgin's "Yes!" It is an everlasting joy because it is holy, pure, and eternal.
My brothers and sisters, God has chosen the Blessed Mother to play a special role in salvation history. He chose to live in her so that He can live in us. As we receive the Eucharist today, let us thank our God for the blessings that we have received through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
"God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed." (St. Anselm)
Read Fr. Shea's Sunday Sermon too! MAKE CROOKED ROADS STRAIGHT